Has anyone actually tried Big Bob Gibson's white BBQ Sauce?

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by rbranstner, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have always wanted to try a good white BBQ sauce and I have heard rave reviews about how good Big Bob Gibson's sauce was so I finally found a bottle and gave it a try. It has won several awards and first place finishes so I figured it must be pretty good and I have been meaning to try a recipe that is suppose to be close to his recipe. Well I tried it on some chicken and it wasn't anything like I expected. My wife spit the chicken right back out and said the sauce was horrible. She described it as rancid Miracle Whip with Vinegar added. The more I tried it the more it stared to grow on me but it was nothing like I expected. So the question is did I just get a bad or old bottle that doesn't taste right or is that how it is suppose to taste? In all fairness my wife hates Miracle Whip and isn't a big fan of Vinegar. I thought the vinegar flavor was pretty overpowering as well and I love vinegar.
  2. Since Big Bob's is just miles up the road, I am very familiar with their White Sauce.  Very good sauce IMNSH opinion.  Yes, it has a vinegar bite, but it is a great tasting sauce.[​IMG]   Maybe you got an older bottle?[​IMG]
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea that could be. The way mine tastes I don't see how it could have won any awards. It literally tastes like they mixed equal parts of Mayo and Vinegar and that's about it.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have never tried Big Bob's White BBQ Sauce...But I can say that if you or your wife has ever made/eaten Creamy Cole Slaw with a Mayo-Vinegar-Sugar+ Whatever Dressing...You have been eating White BBQ Sauce on cabbage!...JJ
  5. I saw a TV show a couple of months back that featured Big Bob's and had been intrigued by the concept.  Saturday night we ate at Company 7 BBQ in Dayton, OH and they had Big Bob's white sauce featured.  My wife got it and I had to steal a bite.  It had WAY more vinegar flavor than I was expecting.  But like Ross said, the flavor grew on me.  I'm not sure that it grew enough that I would buy a bottle of it though.
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  6. All the BBQ joints around here have a white sauce. My wife loves it but I prefer Carolina Red.
  7. rhinoguy

    rhinoguy Fire Starter

    White bbq sauce  is much, much better if you put it on the grill or in the smoker while you are cooking your meat.  I hate it straight out of the bottle, but when its put in a small bowl or pot and placed in the smoker or grill to heat up its much better.
  8. I'm not a big fan of the white sauce but here in North AL people go crazy for it. It's funny if you go to BHham and ask for white sauce they have no clue what your talking about..
  9. I
     T H I S   I S   N O T  B I G  B O B  G I B S O N ' S   W H I T E   S A U C E  ! ! !

    I actually know what both of you are referring.... UGH!.... too much!... too strong!

    This is a perfect opportunity to share the following recipe that has been floating around North Alabama since when ever!

    You really, really, really, really, really need to try it.... but with smoked chicken!

    Oh! By the way did I say you must try it? It really is good!

    1 cup Mayo

    3T White vinegar

    4T Lemon juice

    2-3T Sugar

    1T Black pepper

    Mix well and use every time you do smoked chicken!

    On a separate note for North Alabama Group members:

    Last Friday several  of us local grillers from another forum went to Big Bob's in Decatur.  Two folk that are also part of a larger group that gathers every fall in South Carolina were passing through from South Carolina on their way to a larger gathering in New Orleans wanted to try Big Bob's.

    Making a short story long: I normally go to the gathering in South Carolina and really enjoy the fellowship and learning experience.

    We have had people come from Washington State, North Carolina, Ohio. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Texas you get the idea.

    Last week I discovered that KathrynN the leader for the Alabama group has been trying to put a get-together in North Alabama and I too would like to do the same.

    If you are a people person as well as an outdoor cook... that may be enough reason for you to join me in pulling this off.

    A local gathering would really be great for me! Nothing fancy, nothing complex, maybe grill at a local park for just an afternoon. A family thing would be a must for me!

    Chime in if you have an interest and maybe I can then really get long winded.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014
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  10. Hey Albert! Thanks for the recipe... Ingredients noted lol I'll give it a whirl sometime..I'd be down for a N. AL get together...just depends on what weekend etc...We are a very busy weekend family!!!
  11. Maybe we can keep this thread active so others  from the area discover this dialogue about a gathering in North Alabama.

    We can make this happen!

    I am thinking a midday thing where everyone that attends can share stories, experiences and maybe "cook their favorite food". Somewhat of a family tail gate party.

    Once everyone feels comfortable and safe with each other we can move on to a facility where there is a kitchen provided for groups (like Joe Wheeler).

    Let's not limit the possibilities and allow everyone to assume "ownership" of the gathering's success!

    Keep this thread alive!
  12. Instead of hijacking this thread it would be better to start your own thread about a North Alabama gathering. You could title it as such & a lot more people would see it that way  [​IMG]
  13. Being a Decatur, AL native now living in Birmingham I have eaten at Big Bobs my whole life and have been making my own white sauce for a while. You can now find white sauce all over Birmingham BBQ joints from Saws to Jim and Nicks who even calls it North Alabama White Sauce on the menu.

    My basic recipe is similar to the one posted above but has some salt added as well.  I would imagine if all you have ever had is a red sauce the white sauce could take some getting used to.  Maybe you could try and make a fresh batch on your own and see how you like it...?  Obviously its recommended on smoked chicken but I find it goes best when the Chicken has a spicier rub so the heat and the vinegar bite balance out really nice.  Try Shooters Snake Bitten Chicken Rub.  Also, my wife loves to cover a loaded pork potatoe with white sauce.  Good stuff!

    We actually had some for dinner last night, de-thawed some chicken breast, threw some spicy rub on them, grilled, and ate with white sauce, mixed veggies, and a salad!
  14. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Maybe make a post in the Alabama Group section and see what y'all can come up with
  15. nlambert

    nlambert Newbie

    I'm from South Alabama (Monroe county) and had never heard of white sauce until moving up to Huntsville in 2001. I must say now that we eat it on a lot of things. We go to Big Bob Gibson's every time we visit Decatur if we can get in the door. It will definitely grow on you, but I agree if you tasted anything rancid you got a bad bottle. It does have a shelf life. We eat it on chicken, turkey, and any time we get a loaded baked potato regardless of the meat we add white sauce and red sauce. Best tasting thing ever IMO.

    I'm going to smoke some chicken this weekend and I'm out of white sauce. I'll give this recipe a try.
  16. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I've made a couple of rubs & two red sauces (including the Championship Red, which we love) from the Gibson cookbook by Chris Lilly, but haven't gotten to the white sauce yet. I usually prefer a nice Lexington Dip with my pork, but the Gibson red is unbelievably good on chicken & beef. Maybe the next time I do chicken we'll try their white recipe. I've read so much about it that I really want to give it a try.

  17. gpb11

    gpb11 Meat Mopper

  18. Have not tried the white sauce but found some of the championship sauce here locally. Tried a bottle and I thought it was ok but not sure I would get it again.
  19. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've made it several times. It's quite popular when I do it.
  20. jwg299

    jwg299 Smoke Blower

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